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Deputy Principal's Report: Week 6, Term 2 2011

posted Jun 2, 2011, 4:32 PM by Unknown user
Another fabulous week at Ruse. Once again the vibrancy and dynamic nature of our school was evident everywhere.

Last weekend many students participated in the Red Shield Appeal. Our James Ruse Interact Club spearheaded this project liaising with Ryde Rotary to organise and transport our students around the local neighbourhoods. Our students raised over $5500 with Ryde Rotary meeting their target of over $10000. A superb effort for one weekend. Not only did the students seize this opportunity for community service they also thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Congratulations must go to Dennis Nguyen who initiated, implemented and led the project enthusiastically and effectively.

Interact‟s current international project is to raise funds for the Hope for Cambodian Children orphanage and proceeds from the musical canteen will go towards this cause. Our “Team Cambodia” – 10 students and 3 staff members will deliver our donation in July when we spend four days working with the children.

The musical is the highlight of the week. Opening night was a great success and we look forward to the next two performances. Special thanks go to the many students and parents and staff make each year‟s musical such a vital part of our tradition. More on “The Boyfriend” next newsletter.

The school stopped in its tracks for the Rio Tinto Big Science Competition and year 10 also sat the History competition on Wednesday. Our Year 12 debating team won their debate and is currently debating in the finals at Glenwood High School.

The Curriculum Committee met during the week. It was decided at this meeting that a History Elective course would be offered in 2012 to year 9. Year 8 will receive their subject selection booklets soon and our Year 8 information night is Thursday 23rd June at 6.45 pm in the hall.

Our HSC students are approaching their assessment period next week. Exams begin on Thursday 9th June. This is a stressful time for both Year 12 students and teachers and any support the whole school community can give is always appreciated. Parents need to encourage students to pace themselves during the exams – good food and sleep are very important. Taking each exam day by day and trying to avoid feeling overwhelmed is the key to success. We have many resources in place to assist students that are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Please contact Mr Goggin, Mr G Wong or myself if you are concerned about your child. Completing the HSC is very much a partnership between students, parents and teachers.

Next week our Year 11 students will need to return their red laptops for servicing and reimaging by Lenovo. The technicians may keep laptops for 1-2 weeks. Students are advised to back up all data prior to returning their laptop.

On Monday at lunchtime our senior students are invited to the University of Sydney‟s Scholarship presentation – this is highly valuable.

Zone Athletics and Zone Cross Country are happening in week 8. I strongly urge all parents to support our talented athletes at these competitions. Participation and team work are the essential elements of our successful zone teams – we hope to achieve 1st place in these zone events this year. Our athletics carnival last week was an enormous success with unprecedented levels of participation in all events. It was wonderful to see the James Ruse spirit thrive in the wild weather we endured at Homebush. Special congratulations go to our record breakers:
  • Chuan Jiang Boys U12 Hurdles
  • Mudith Jayasekara Boys U15 Hurdles, Boys U15 100 metres
  • Kevin Guo Boys U17 Shot Put
  • Sylvia Jian Girls U14 Hurdles
And also to our age champions:
  • Sriganesh Thavalingam Boys U12 
  • Andi Fan Boys U13
  • Brendan Na Boys U14 
  • Kerry Xue Boys U15 
  • David Tang Boys U16 
  • Daniel Xue Boys U17 
  • Balaki Parameshwaran Girls U12 
  • Alpha Bi Girls U13 
  • Kwynne Yuan Girls U14 
  • Michelle Wang Girls U15
  • Sandra Li Girls U16 
  • Helen Chan Girls U16
The overall point score for the Athletic Carnival revealed:
  • 1st place Mullavey 2793 points
  • 2nd place Jones 2393 points
  • 3rd place Rassack 2338 points
  • 4th place Toft 2149 points
Well done to all the Mullavey students.

To assist with communication and planning an actual school calendar is now available online. It will never be perfectly up to date due to constant changes in my diary but hopefully it will help:

Thank you everyone for your ongoing support!